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Safe Storage & Disposal of Opioids

Store opioids out of sight and reach of children, teens, and pets. 

  • Store opioids in private areas. Lock up your pills if possible (like a drawer or box).
  • Do not store your opioids in common rooms in the house (like bathrooms, kitchens) or in purses.
  • Keep a count of how many pills you have left.


Dispose of all unused opioids.

  • Use a permanent medication drop box. To find one near you, check out our Disposal Map.
  • Drop off at a community Medication Take Back event.
  • Use your household trash as a last resort.
    • Mix opioids (do not crush) with used coffee grounds or kitty litter in a plastic bag and throw away.
    • Scratch out personal information on the prescription label before disposing or recycling.


Do NOT flush opioids down the toilet.


Do you have prescription opioids in your home?

Prescription opioids are often involved in accidental poisonings and intentional misuse. Remove the risk from your home by disposing of any leftover opioids when you are done using them.

Did you know:

  • Every 10 minutes a child visits the ER for accidental medication poisoning
  • 7 of 10 people who misuse opioids got them from friends or family
  • 3 of 5 teens say it’s easy to get prescription opioids from their parents’ medicine cabinet
  • 3 of 4 heroin users started with prescription opioid use
  • Sharing or selling opioids is a felony in Michigan

OPEN is partially funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. 03.2021